By: Jamie Reysen
April 18-24 marks the second annual Together Festival in Boston. This weeklong event features discussion panels, technology demos, film screenings, and a ton of the best and brightest DJs from Boston and around the world. During the day, panels held at Northeastern University and MassArt will put cutting edge producers, labels, and gear-wizards in touch with fans and aspiring producers, alike. Throughout the week, Dubspot will be featuring several artist seminars on the latest trends in electronic music. During the Get Together on Saturday, April 23—a joint venture between the Together Festival and Boston Cyberarts—companies from around the scene will show off their wares in MassArt’s Pozen Center, in addition to a fashion show and vinyl fair. When night falls, DJs and producers will take over the city, with more than 35 showcases spread through the week. Among the bigger acts are Switch, Trentemøller, Wolfgang Gartner, and Boston natives Hot Pink Delorean.
David Taylor, better known as Switch, will perform a late-night set at Club Rise on April 22. Switch does it all—from mixing his own beats, to producing tracks for Santigold and M.I.A., to collaborating with Diplo as Major Lazer. Switch’s house tracks progress flawlessly and feel timeless.
A Walk on the Beach
Though daytime festival events end on the 24th, the 25th serves as a grand finale, with sets by Trentemøller, Wolfgang Gartner, and Hot Pink Delorean.
Danish producer Trentemøller will make his "Live" Boston debut at Royale. Backed by a band, Trentemøller’s progressive house will be injected with a live element; fans are in for a very rock ‘n’ roll-meets-electro performance. Check out his remix of Chimes & Bells “The Mole.”
You’ll get two-for-one at The Middle East, with sets by Wolfgang Gartner and Hot Pink Delorean. Wolfgang Gartner (born Joey Youngman) is a Grammy-nominated dance music producer—and one of my personal favorites. His beats are catchy, yet innovative; he has remixed some of the biggest names out there (think Britney Spears), transforming their commercial pop songs into hardcore dance productions. Listen to him on Facebook.
Hot Pink Delorean will open for Wolfgang Gartner. Formerly of the drum and bass act Terravita, Chris Barlow, Jon Spero, and Matt Simmers transformed into Hot Pink Delorean in 2007. The Boston-based trio gained popularity through exposure on house blogs, and have since been touring the world, tearing up dance floors with their fun, electro sets. Hot Pink Delorean integrates everything from hip-hop to classic rock into their productions. Check out their March 18 mix on KISS Network.
Check the full schedule of events, and stay tuned for Preview #2 featuring must-see up-and-comers.
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